You guys, I love Halloween. It’s by far my favorite holiday of the year. I wanted to create something a little different this time in regards to a haunted house. I knew I wanted to incorporate a black cactus somewhere in there. So instead of a haunted mansion, I created a haunted adobe, and I’m extremely excited to show you how I did it.

Supplies Needed:

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Silhouette Cutting Mat
  • Silhouette Blade
  • Cardstock (Black, White, and Orange)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Marker
  • Wood Base
  • Small Glass Bottle
  • Design ID #96329
  • Design ID #93706
  • Design ID #274370
  • Design ID #175198
  • Design ID #216528
  • Design ID #95630

Step One: Construct the Adobe

1. For the adobe I used Carina Gardner’s Halloween Witch Tower design (Design ID #96329), but I only used the bottom half of it. In order to pick and choose the pieces you want, all you have to do is ungroup and delete the pieces don’t want.

2. For the roof portion of the adobe, I used a tombstone design (Design ID #93706) by Lori Whitlock, and I’m only using the top section.

3. You just have to use the knife tool to cut the top section, but make sure it’s the same width as the adobe.

4. Once you have the two pieces touching each other (the adobe and the roof) then just right-click on your mouse or keyboard and click on “Weld.”

5. For an extra spooky addition, I also added some cracks just on the front side of the adobe, but you can add cracks wherever. Just use your freehand line tool to draw the cracks.

6. Then it’s time to cut your design.

Step Two: Create A Black Cactus and White Bats

1. I chose Wild Pilot’s cactus design (Design ID #274370) because I love the shape of it. There’s just a couple of things I changed on it. I wanted it to be solid, so I deleted the lines that went through it. I also wanted to create some cactus spikes. All I had to do for the spikes was used the letter “v” from the LD Hipster Squished font (Design ID # 95630), and it turned out to be awesome.

2. In order to create a perforated line on the cactus so that it can stand, all you have to do is draw a line.

3. Then click on the Line Style panel located on the right-hand side of the Silhouette Studio® and select “End Caps.”

4. Before you cut the bats out (I’m using the bats from the tombstone design that we used earlier), make sure you size them in coordination with the cactus.

5. I also added another cactus on a vintage bottle with some moss. Don’t forget to use your black marker to add eyes on the bats!

We also cut out a different cactus (Design ID #175198) and a skull (Design ID #216528) to add to the adobe. Once everything is glued and constructed, then you can create a whole Halloween scene on your mantle or table.